One of the more interesting movies I saw over the last year was the secret agent spoof Kingsman: The Secret Service.
A favorite part of the movie is where Eggsy (a new recruit) meets with the head of the Kingsman agency and brings along his new dog:
[Eggsy enters the study room with JB to meet with Arthur]
Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin: Merlin said you wanted to see me, sir?
Arthur: Sit down.
[Eggsy sits down while Arthur looks at JB]
Arthur: Pretty dog. What’s his name?
Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin: JB.
Arthur: As in James Bond?
Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin: No.
Arthur: Jason Bourne?
Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin: No. Jack Bauer.
It had never occurred to me that James Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer had the same initials. How did I miss that?!? Was it intentional on the part of the creators of Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer to come up with names that started with JB after James Bond??
A big fan of action/adventure heroes, both fiction and non-fiction, I realized that today, the 18th of February is Jack Bauer’s 50th birthday! He is of course the hero of the TV series ‘24.’
I found Kingsman: the Secret Service’s violence a little ‘over the top’ for my taste – Jack Bauer and 24 the same. Still, I have an affection for the heroics of Harry and Eggsy in Kingsman, as I do for Jack Bauer.
So, for reaching the milestone of 50 years, Congratulations Jack!